Gloucester Catholic Exams Schedule Announced

Exams begin on January 19, 2021.
JPG GCHS LOGOAll students should report to their 1st exam session by 7:50 in uniform. Do NOT report to Homeroom. Students who have been on remote should report to their exam session in the St. Mary’s building according to the information provided in an email which was previously sent home. Students should get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast and bring 2 sharpened #2 pencils with good erasers and a calculator on Math Day.

Religion – 8:15 – 9:30
Science – 9:45 – 11:00
Dismissal at 11:15

Math – 8:15 – 9:30
Foreign Language – 9:45 – 11:00
Dismissal at 11:15

English – 8:15 – 9:30
Social Studies – 9:45 – 11:00
Dismissal at 11:15

Make-up/Conflict Day: If a student misses an exam due to illness or if there is a conflict, the student must make it up on this day per school policy. No exam may be taken prior to the scheduled time and day (p.36 of Student Handbook). No transportation is provided on this day.

Join the GC Family: Registration Day Set for Feb. 20! Watch for Virtual Open House Video!

Registration Day Graphic SocialGloucester Catholic Junior Senior High School is currently accepting applications for those families wishing to enroll students in Grades 7-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.  Registration for both Junior and Senior High students will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

If you would like to register online, visit and click on the “Apply Online” tab on the left side of the home page. You may also download a paper application on the GC web site.

Any student wishing to “Become a Ram for a Day” is welcome to contact the school to set up a personal or online virtual visit. An online registration form (see “Become a Ram for a Day” image on left column of home page) may be found on this website.

For additional information, please contact Mr. Tom Flynn, Director of Admissions, at

Watch next week for a “Virtual Open House” Video to premier on all GC social media and web site platforms!

A Christmas Message from Mr. Ed Beckett

Christmas Graphic C FINALThere has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the celebration of Christmas in recent years. We do well to remember that the celebration of Christmas has been controversial before: Puritan New England banned the holiday for a time as too “Popish”. Congress was actually in session on the holiday in 1789 and Christmas did not become a federal holiday until 1870. What has been constant since the first century is the veneration of the birth of Christ by Christians. We who claim that tradition as our own are responsible for its celebration. No one else is or should be.

Celebrating Christmas this year will be different. It will be different not just for our Gloucester Catholic family but all across the globe – from Gloucester City to the Church of the Nativity nestled in the foothills of Palestine in Bethlehem. We are reminded of the Light who came to bring light to us all, of the humble beginnings of the child Jesus, born to a family too poor to afford a place to stay, whose arrival coincided with political powers and schemes to take his life, as well as those who came to honor Him born in a manger and lit by a Star: shepherds, Magi, the animals in the shed and angels from on high. The birth of Jesus set a trajectory that led right to Good Friday, when seemingly the powers and principalities had accomplished their purpose and silenced the Prince of Peace. But the story continued – to Easter Sunday and the sending forth of the Holy Spirit that continues to this day calling us to credit marvels, practice faith, live in hope and, most of all to love one another.

This means, first and foremost, to respect and protect one another.

The end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918 in the midst of the Spanish flu pandemic, pushed people into the streets to hail the Armistice. On Nov. 12, many cities decided the restrictions were over. In Seattle, newspaper headlines declared victory over the flu proclaiming “Epidemic Virtually Over”.

But the celebration was premature. In the wake of lifting restrictions, people celebrated victory; large gatherings for war bond drives started up again; and people came together for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Cases again began to rise. Of the roughly total who died from the flu in 1918-19, a vast number of them died from January 1919 forward There was no immunity guaranteed by special occasions.

Mary, Joseph and the shepherds kept the Christ child safe from Herod. They then endured a temporary exile in Egypt retracing the steps of Joseph, his brothers and Jacob on the way in and Moses, Aaron and Miriam on the way out. The Magi went home by another way. The child grew in wisdom and grace.

I wonder if we might not seize this moment to focus upon the most important element in our Christmas celebrations – the Gift that is Christmas: Emmanuel – God among us. God is present in the love we bear for one another within our families. God is present in our friendships. God is present in those in need and in the poor. Christmas is a special time when we make room for God’s presence in our lives. That is at the heart of our tradition. It is the cause for our celebration. God is present too, with and within us. Christmas gives us eyes to see that reality in the birth of a child.

Let us all pray for the wisdom and grace to truly celebrate the birth of the Christ Child and His message of peace and goodwill.

Let’s celebrate the reality of God present in our lives with open hearts filled with joy.

Let’s celebrate Christmas wisely, safely and full of grace.

ACTION ALERT: COVID Emergency Relief Talks

JPG GCHS LOGOFriends, in just the past couple days we have a seen a restart of the COVID Emergency Relief talks. There is a strong chance it could be attached to the “must pass” federal budget bill.
A bi-partisan, bi-cameral group in Congress released a new $908B framework and it is catching steam. We know the framework calls for $82B in education funding, but the exact legislative language in still in the works. While the Senate GOP proposal released Monday includes several favorable items for non-public schools, we have just a couple days to reach out to those members drafting this new language to ensure Catholic schools are included in the relief.
Our request continues to include the School Choice Now Act, as well as equitable services for private schools – but this time under Title VIII of ESSA, rather than Title I. (meaning a per pupil allocation)
Please contact your local congressmen as soon as possible to urge action on this to ensure Catholic schools are included in the relief package.

Homecoming Game vs. Audubon and Halftime Ceremony Set for Saturday, Nov. 21

Homecoming BHomecoming AThe Rams’ football team will take on visiting Audubon Saturday morning in the annual Homecoming game starting at 11 am at Gloucester City High.

Gloucester Catholic enters the game with a 2-1 overall record. The Green Wave come in with a solid 6-1 overall record.

The homecoming queen and king will be crowned during a halftime ceremony.

Congratulations to our 2020 Homecoming Court – Kara Bernetich, Madison Berth, Emileigh Cloak, Megan Kupiec, Abby Laphan, Ethan Donahue, Jude Ferrigno, Edwin Gonzalez, Ian Negron, and Ben Watkis.

Gloucester Catholic Student Athletes Announce College Commitments

Signing _ Group BestCongratulations to Gloucester Catholic Student athletes who committed to play sports in college starting in the 2021-2022 academic year:

Jada Williams, Temple University, Women’s Basketball

Abby Laphan, Caldwell University, Softball

Adam Gates, Bloomsburg University, Baseball

Emma Chambers, Sacred Heart University, Women’s Swimming

The student athletes were honored on Fall National Signing Day on Wednesday, November 11, in the Gloucester Catholic gymnasium.


Stay Connected With Your Gloucester Catholic Family!

Stay Connected GraphicOne of our most important goals is to keep RAMS connected to Gloucester Catholic and with each other and excited about being part of the Gloucester Catholic family. We want to make sure that you are receiving all our print publications and email communications. If you are not, we would ask you that you take a moment to update your information by visiting the secure link on our webpage:…/GloucesterCat…/gcalumni.html
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Once a Ram always a Ram!

Pat Murphy
Alumni Relations

Feast of All Souls in November: Please Send Us Your Names for Remembrance

All Souls GraphicDear GC Alumni/ Benefactors/Friends/Guardians/Parents/Staff/ Students/Teachers:

In the Catholic Church, the month of November has traditionally been dedicated to pray for the dead. The book of Maccabees reminds us that “it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.”

As One Gloucester Catholic Family we would like to remember all of our beloved dead in our school prayers and Masses during the month of November. The names of your loved ones will be placed on the altar as a remembrance.

We invite you to send any names you would like to be included in the same Masses, prayers and devotions during November. Please send your intentions to to be included in our remembrance.

Thank you and God bless

Fr. Philip Ramos, AM
GC Director of Catholic Identity

Mr. Ed Beckett
GC Principal

Send Your Intentions
to be included in our remembrance to: